The County of Los Angeles worked with local residents, businesses, and Caltrans to complete a major upgrade and revitalization for 2.5 miles of Rosemead Boulevard which is a major corridor through San Gabriel Valley communities and former State highway. The $8.5 million project included pavement reconstruction and resurfacing, new ADA curb ramps and sidewalks, raised medians, median landscaping (separate contract), decorative street lighting (separate contract), bike route, bus pads and shelters, utility undergrounding (separate contract), and sustainable parkway bioswales.
Benefits to Environmental Resources
- Road reconstruction/resurface
- Construct new sidewalk and repair broken sidewalk (pedestrian connectivity)
- ADA path & bus shelters
- Install new bikeway signage
- Landscaping and beautification (medians and parkways)
- New Street lighting
Materials (water, energy, other resources) conservation and waste reduction/recycling
- Use of recycled automobile tires in pavement treatments, Asphalt Rubber Hot Mix (ARHM). For each lane mile of roadway treated with recycled tire asphalt pavement, 2,000 tires have been eliminated from going into the landfill.
- LID features on parkways help reduce street runoff
Pollution prevention/mitigation (in land, air, or water)
- LID features on parkways (collect street flow for water quality treatment)
Contribution to wellbeing of DPW and the County
The County of Los Angeles worked with local residents, businesses, and Caltrans to complete a major upgrade and revitalization for 2.5 miles of Rosemead Boulevard
Quality of life enhancement
- It has been acknowledged that if the route is interesting, rich in experience and travel is comfortable, pedestrians forget the distance and enjoy their walk and eventually create desirable destination within the community for socializing and visiting local establishments. There are health benefits from biking and walking such that they can help reduce diseases associated with obesity and lack of exercise. Also tree lined streets reduces stress related sickness by providing enjoyment and connection to nature.
- Installation of new sidewalk and bicycle facilities typically benefit the user safety and way finding with the use of appropriate signage and wayfinding in and around the new constructed facilities
Contribution to Economic Health
Cost savings or revenue generation for DPW
- With the newly reconstructed/resurfaced roadway, less maintenance is required (long term saving).
- New Traffic Signal upgrades included energy saving lights such as LEDs and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) components.
- Improve in travel time by 10%
- Reduce maintenance response time
- Alter traffic signal timing from remote location
- Alter traffic signal timing to respond to congestion and incidents
- Better maintenance coordination
- Installation of new highly reflectorized signs throughout the project limits
Contribution to local economy
- Local business tend to prosper when people lingers, shops longer along tree-lined streets with comfortable bicycle and pedestrian facilities